International boss explains why Rangers star has been called up for friendly
By James Black
Interim Scotland boss Malky Mackay has explained his decision to include Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack in his squad to face the Netherlands at Pittodrie next month is down to his consistency.
Mackay has come in for criticism from some fans over the call-up for Jack after the former Aberdeen captain picked up three red cards – one of which was rescinded and another is being appealed by the Gers – in 14 games this season.
Jack comes into the squad after a difficult start to the campaign saw him play in Rangers’ Europa League humiliation by Progres Niederkon before becoming a mainstay in the side which got manager Pedro Caixinha sacked last week.
Mackay insists that the 25-year-old Rangers star is a “consistent performer” who he is giving an opportunity to.
“Ryan Jack is someone who was Aberdeen captain,” Mackay said, as quoted by The Scotsman website.
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“He was a consistent performer for them and who has gone into Rangers in different circumstances, playing a different style of football and playing with an array of different players.
“Through people I speak to at his own club and previous club and scouts, he is another talented player who we are giving a chance to.”
Jack is more than familiar with representing his country having played for Scotland at Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 levels.
Jack was even captain of the Scottish Under-21 side, making 19 appearances between 2011 and 2014, but has still to pick up his first senior cap.
Mackay named eight uncapped players, including Jack, in his squad to take on the Dutch next month.
Nottingham Forest’s Jason Cummings, Hibernian’s Paul Hanlon and Aberdeen’s Ryan Christie – who is on loan from Celtic – all get their first senior call-ups.
Christie is joined by his uncapped Pittodrie teammates Graeme Shinnie and Kenny McLean.
Jordan Archer of Millwall and Liam Cooper of Leeds could also win their first international cap on November 9th.
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